9 Days Tanzania Birding Safari


Tanzania is a country in East Africa that is well-known for its wildlife safaris in the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro, Tarangire, and Lake Manyara National Parks, as well as its hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is also renowned as a birding location because it attracts a variety of bird species in large numbers. Happily, one of the best places in the world to see birds in their natural habitat is East Africa, specifically Tanzania. With over 1,100 species, including over 800 resident species and roughly 200 regular migrants, Tanzania has one of the most diverse species lists of any African nation, making it one of the best places in the world to go birding. There are 43 species that are nearly endemic and 22 endemic species. (meaning they are only found in Tanzania and surrounding countries). There are many different kinds of birds, such as bigger and smaller birds, migratory and local birds, water-loving bird species, woodland bird species among others.

In addition to the sheer number of birds in Tanzania, birding safaris also provide a wealth of opportunities to learn about the various species and their natural habitats. Birding safaris are available in all of Tanzania’s safari parks and game reserves for birding enthusiasts. Serengeti National Reserve, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Park are just a few of the top birding locations in the nation.

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Once you arrive, you’ll be picked up from the airport and given a quick safari briefing. Our Tanzanian birding safari will begin in Arusha, the nation’s tourism hub. We’ll take a car from Arusha and travel up north to the Lark Plains to go bird watching. On the way, there will be plenty of birding activity, and we’ll stop along the way to enjoy a variety of species. We will take pleasure in birding on the plains, focusing on the regional specialties as well as a variety of other species. We will travel back to Arusha later in the day to spend the night.

We’ll start the day early after breakfast with a trip to Arusha National Park. Here, we’ll explore some of the park by a safari vehicle while exploring other parts on foot. Within this park, Mt. Meru is encircled by a magnificent highland forest. Here, a wide variety of highland bird species are probable. Here, we’ll be birding for the majority of the day. We’ll spend the majority of the day in the park to get the most out of the opportunities this place presents for bird watching. Later, as we make our way to Lake Manyara, we will travel through the semi-arid region to the west of Arusha. We’ll see more birds along the way as we make a few deliberate stops.

In order to have enough time in the park, we will depart from our hotel early. We are about to enter Lake Manyara National Park, a fantastic ecosystem that encircles a stunning soda lake in the Rift Valley. Our journey through this lowland area will be illuminated by the nearby baobab trees. This location is a key highlight of our Tanzania Birding Safari because we get to see a lot of birds, including lots of flamingos when the weather is good. After all the activities are done you drive back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

We’ll leave early for the Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast. This enormous and beautiful crater is situated about 2000 meters above sea level. This crater is about 600 meters deep and offers breathtaking views from both the top and inside. The crater is tucked away in a gorgeous native forest that has not been altered in any way. As we search the area for birds, we will take in the views of the crater from the rim. The magnificent Ngorogoro Crater will be descended after the experience. You pass through beautiful scenery as you descend to the crater floor and get to see different local Euphorbia tree species. Inside the crater, there are numerous herds of wild animals and breathtaking views of the crater walls. Along with birding, keep an eye out for lions, black rhinos, common zebras, different gazelles, nile hippos, and wildebeests.

We’ll spend the majority of the day bird watching and taking in the wildlife across the crater. Later in the afternoon, as we move higher, we’ll climb to the crater’s rim while taking in more highland forest birds.

After breakfast, you’ll depart for Ngorongoro and travel to Serengeti, arriving in time for an evening game drive. We’ll enjoy the stunning birds and large game of the mighty Serengeti on the following leg of our Tanzania birding safari. Long game drives through this vast savannah will be enjoyable for us. Around noon, we’ll stop for lunch. You can look forward to seeing animals like the Savannah Elephant, Several, Masai Giraffe, African Lion, Leopard, various antelopes, Common Zebra, and Cheetah.

We will spend the entire day in Serengeti National Park beginning with breakfast. On the plains we’ll be looking for Kori and Buff-crested Bustard, Coqui Francolin, the endemic Grey-breasted Spurfowl, Brown Parrot, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Freckled Nightjar, Plain-backed Pipit, Sooty Chat, the endemic Tanzanian (Ruaha) Hornbill, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, Rosy-patched Shrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Buff-bellied Penduline and Red-throated Tits, and Steel-blue Whydah to mention a few. You will return back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

We will leave early after breakfast and travel to Tarangire National Park, a lesser-known birding treasure. There will be plenty of birding along the way, and in the afternoon we will enter Tarangire, the home of elephants and baobab trees, where a large number of birds are waiting for us. The nearby Acacia woodland is also very graceful and teeming with birds.

This day will be spent exploring Tarangire again in order to find any species we missed the day before. The birds will undoubtedly continue to add to our fantastic list. As we scout the habitat for birds, we might also add more encounters with mammals. The African Elephant, Banded Mongoose, Cape buffalo, and Cheetah are among the mammals that may be seen in this area.

On this day, we’ll travel back to Arusha while collecting extra birds. We’ll get there in time for lunch in Arusha. Our lovely Tanzania birding safari will come to an end as we drive to Kilimanjaro Airport in the late afternoon for our evening flights home.

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